First the bad news, then the story behind the bad news. Bad news: I have decided not to attend the spring school semester.
The Story: We start in the near past. Right before the fall 08 semester was wrapping up, I some how injured my lower back. To make an extremely long story shorter, right before the spring 09 semester , I was diagnosed with a herniated disk in my lower back. Not only do I have a herniated disk, but I also have a small tear in the disk right above it. During the winter break from school, I took a leave from work and did nothing but rest and try to heal. I was doing a lot better. The pain was still there, but a lot better than when I first noticed it. I had trouble walking but I could get around.
Ok, back to the present. The spring 09 semester started on Monday. It was hard walking from the parking lot to and around the school, but I survived. After the 2nd and 3rd day, I was in agony. I seemed to be getting worse every day. I talked to some family and friends, and they all agree that maybe I should hold off this semester until I can get my back treated. I really did not want to, knowing that I am so close to finishing, but I think I have to take care of my injury first. There is always summer school and next semester.
I am waiting for a referral from my doctor to a back specialist in San Antonio. Until then, I guess I have nothing to do but wait.